Monday, October 23, 2017

Mike Piazza

Since I recently organized my Ken Griffey Jr. collection I decided that I would conquer my Mike Piazza collection next. 

While I've organized and counted both my Griffey and Piazza collections, I haven't actually put together a list of cards in either collection. This will take some time.

As of the writing of this post I have 574 different Mike Piazza cards, with another 23 Piazza cards to sort through. For my Griffey collection I have 915 different cards with a stack of 56 cards to go through. 

I picked up four Mike Piazza cards this past Saturday from the 15/$1 boxes at my LCS. I actually needed three of them.

Sunday, October 22, 2017


I picked up four packs of 2017 Topps Update yesterday at my LCS. Update is typically one of my favorite issues. This was my first in person look at the 2017 offering.

Take a look at what I pulled.

First up, is one of the 600+ Short Prints in the set. It features Houston Astros infielder Alex Bregman who is headed to the World Series.

I'll be routing for the Astros in the Fall Classic, but this SP is up for grabs. I'd love to trade for the Paul Goldschmidt SP if possible.

Eventually I'll be completing the set, so these base cards aren't for trade but this is my favorite base card I pulled.

Like I said, I purchased four packs and I pulled two Aaron Judge cards. Why does Aaron judge get a Rookie Debut card in 2017 Update when his debut was 8/13/16?

Why does an All-Star card have a RC logo?

What do you think about this years Update set?

Saturday, October 14, 2017

TTM Success: Steve Trachsel

Back in September I sent out a ttm request to former MLB pitcher Steve Trachsel as part of my look at the cover of the November 1998 Beckett Baseball Card Monthly magazine.

Trachsel gave up home run #62 to Mark McGwire.

Tracchsel pitched in the big leagues from 1993 - 2008 and was an All-Star in 1996. He spent most of his career with the Cubs (1993 - 1999, and 2007) and the Mets (2001 - 2006), but also spent time with the Devil Rays, Blue Jays and Orioles.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

For Night Owl

On Wednesday the Diamondbacks beat the Rockies in the N.L. Wild Card game and advanced to the NLDS against the Dodgers. Game #1 was last night. I won't go into much detail, but game #2 is tonight and Robbie Ray will be starting for the D-Backs.

A couple months ago I went to an autograph signing at a Sprint store and had Robbie sign this 2017 Topps Heritage card for me.

Ray matched his 2016 strikeout total in 2017 while pitching in 4 less games due to a stint on the DL after he was hit in the face by a come backer. Let's hope he can strikeout a bunch of Dodgers tonight! 

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Great Griffey Giving Box

Last month I was at work thinking about my collection and decided there were some things I needed to do before making more purchases. On the list were my usual, organize my Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza collections. I say "my usual" because every since I started setting card collecting goals on my blog back in 2010, this has been on my list.

Well I got home from work and in the mailbox was an unexpected package from Dennis of the blog Too Many Verlanders. He sent me the Great Griffey Giving Box which was started by the Junior Junkie himself.

Getting the box was a dream come true and it forced me to sort and organize my collection.

I was able to add 116 Griffey cards to my collection thanks to the Great Griffey Giving Box and I added almost 200 of my doubles and shipped it off to another Griffey collector earlier this week.

It was hard for me to believe how many basic cards I needed, but the thing is that Griffey just has so many cards out there. In any given set, Griffey could have between 1 -7 different cards and that doesn't even include inserts and parallels.

Now I'm working on a checklist. Take a look at what I was able to add to my collection through the Great Griffey Giving Box.

Special thank you to Gavin for all the awesome customs.

Dennis also sent me some sweet D-Backs magazines (Beckett, SI, etc.) and some D-Backs cards. Thank you Dennis!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Prime Patches

The reason for my most recent comc order was this beauty, numbered to 5.

I love when I'm able to add another one of these cards because I get to show off the rest of the collection.